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The Exploding Hearts: Shattered
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This young Portland band’s 2003 debut album was one of the best Northwest rock records of this decade. Guitar Romantic was an astonishingly accomplished set of memorable songs and guitar hooks that combined old-school punk and power pop with youthful exuberance. A few months after the album was released, the band was returning to Portland after playing a show in San Francisco when their van overturned, and three of the band’s four members lost their lives. (Guitarist Terry Six carries on with his new band the Nice Boys.) This new compilation collects some previously unreleased songs, non-LP singles, demos, outtakes and alternate versions, and while it’s not quite as uniformly strong as Guitar Romantic, it’s damn close, making it another wonderful testament to a very special band. 11/8/2006 - Don Yates
Other Exploding Hearts album reviews:

Guitar Romantic - 4/15/2003